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Two Households, Both Alike in Dignity!

March 17, 2012


November 6, 2009; a mass shooting leaving 13 dead and 30 injured rocked one of the nation’s largest military posts on Thursday after a U.S. Army psychiatrist, identified as Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, age 39, who was disciplined for proselytizing about his Muslim faith, allegedly opened fire inside Fort Hood in Texas. (1)

March 11, 2012; an Army staff sergeant, identified as Staff Sgt Robert Bales, age 38, walked into a village in rural Kandahar province early Sunday morning and murdered 16 people, nine of them children. (2) (Comment, alleged was omitted from this headline.)

Two military men, both alike in senseless death, In unstable Middle East, where we lay our scene,

From ancient grudge break to new mutiny, Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.

From forth the fatal loins of these two foes A pair of paradise-losed soldiers take innocent lives;

Whose misunderstanding piteous overthrows Do with noncombatants’ death try to bury their ideological strife.

The fearful passage of dark-marked hatred, And the continuance of their belief’s rage,

Which, but war’s end, nought could remove, Are now the two headlines of our day;

The which, our patient ears can no longer attend, What here unfortunately, our toil will not end. (3)

In closing, trying to rationalize irrational behavior is difficult at best. War, hatred, fear and misunderstanding share a common bound in a long history of senseless death, both soldiers and civilians alike.  At the end of the day, what happens to Hasan and Bales makes little difference on society’s obsession with war, hate and fear. Just hope the balance of justice swings equally both ways.


(1) NPR Social Media, ?

(2) World Socialist Web Site, published by the International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI)

(3) Adapted from, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

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